16 October 2007

Here's an Inconvenient Truth

You really wanna know how Al Gore gets away with all that "truthiness"?
-- LONDON -- Gossip is more powerful than truth, a study showed yesterday, suggesting people believe what they hear through the grapevine even if they have evidence to the contrary.

Researchers testing students using a computer game also found gossip played an important role when people make decisions, said Ralf Sommerfeld, an evolutionary biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, who led the study.
Evidence? We don' need no steenkin' evidence.
"We show that gossip has a strong influence ... even when participants have access to the original information as well as gossip about the same information," the researchers wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

RELATED: More evidence via DMB...

That the human race is doomed.
At first, sex with robots might be considered geeky, “but once you have a story like ‘I had sex with a robot, and it was great!’ appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I’d expect many people to jump on the bandwagon,” Levy said.

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